Paper Talk: Liverpool’s move for France star completely dead

Date published: Monday 23rd July 2018 9:02

Liverpool’s hopes of signing a France playmaker appear to be completely dead, while Chelsea are eyeing not one but two England keepers, according to Monday’s papers.



Liverpool’s chances of signing Nabil Fekir look to have ended, with reports in France claiming that a deal will not be struck.

Fekir had looked set to move to Anfield last month but concerns over a long-standing knee issue reportedly contributed to a deal falling through after the playmaker had undergone a medical.

However, Liverpool are thought to still be chasing the France midfielder, with Jurgen Klopp still keen to add some late additions to his squad before the transfer window shuts for Premier League clubs on August 9.

But the long-running saga has now seemingly come to an abrupt end with Le Progrès reporting that Fekir is no longer a priority signing and that other clubs will come forward for the player.

Indeed, earlier this week Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas, revealed his confidence in his star player choosing to stay at the Groupama Stadium.

“I do not think that Fekir will leave,” Aulas told French broadcaster Canal+.

“He’s one of the best in France – and in the world, since he’s a world champion. He’s a Lyonnais [player], so he’ll be there next season.

“Although in football, nothing is ever certain. I haven’t had the impression that he absolutely wants to leave.

“He’s 90 per cent [certain] going to be at Lyon next season. If he hasn’t left by the end of July, he’ll stay.

“It’s not the size of the offer that will make us change our position on Fekir, but the wishes of Nabil himself.”

Liverpool have so far recruited Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho and Alisson inwhat has been a busy summer for Klopp.



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Fulham have joined Lazio in showing interest in signing Borussia Dortmund’s 27-year-old Germany winger Andre Schurrle, who has also been offered to Crystal Palace and Everton (Daily Mail)

Wolves are in talks to sign Joao Moutinho from Monaco for £6m (Daily Mail)

Alisson Becker will play his first Liverpool game on August 4 after Jurgen Klopp revealed he had to persuade the goalkeeper to finish his holiday (Daily Mail)

Chelsea will send young winger Nathan on a season-long loan to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro (The Sun)

Chelsea are considering signing both Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in a goalkeeper revamp at the club should Thibaut Courtois leave for Real Madrid (The Sun)

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo is the player most likely to make way if United manage to sign England centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester City (Daily Mirror)

Petr Cech could be handed an Arsenal escape route, with Roma considering him as a replacement for Alisson (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have told Real Madrid they will not be bullied into selling Eden Hazard, not even for £170m (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery sees Alex Iwobi as a key player and will offer the midfielder a four-year contract extension (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will be given a designated room to smoke in at Stamford Bridge on matchdays (Daily Mirror)

Thibaut Courtois will reportedly leave Chelsea for Real Madrid this week which will facilitate the transfer of Keylor Navas (Daily Star)

Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid could be in jeopardy after the emergence of Real youngster Vinicius Junior as an unlikely star (Daily Star)

Liverpool chiefs will fly out to Turkey to hold talks with Besiktas over signing Croatia centre-back Domagoj Vida in a £27m deal (Daily Star)

Christian Pulisic has been linked with a move to Liverpool but team-mate Marco Reus has told him to stay at Borussia Dortmund (Daily Star)

Jack Grealish is intent on Tottenham despite Aston Villa’s £55m takeover easing the club’s financial situation (Daily Telegraph)

Jose Mourinho has abandoned his pursuit of signing a full-back so Manchester United can go all in on a centre-back signing (The Guardian)

Everton manager Marco Silva is confident of adding Barcelona duo Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina to the signing of Richarlison from Watford (The Independent)

Sheffield United have put in a £5m bid for Ipswich’s 28-year-old English striker Martyn Waghorn (Sheffield Star)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says Scotland striker Ross McCormack and English defender Micah Richards, who are among their highest earners, are a drain on the Championship club (Birmingham Mail)

Hibernian have rejected a third bid of £2m from Celtic for midfielder John McGinn (Scottish Sun)

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